We are the students and instructors of “Publishing & Marketing Popular Fiction: A Case Study of the Romance Novel” course at Duke University, Spring semesters 2015 – 2021 (HST 248S / GSF 248S / ENG 284S / MMS). We are readers, scholars, and writers interested in public conversation concerning women’s engagement with popular culture, both historically and today, especially romance fiction. While this site will largely be created by the students enrolled in the course, we welcome your participation in our discussions, both on this blog and at our UNSUITABLE events. All events listed on the Public Events schedule are free and open to the public. If you would like to communicate directly with the course instructor, that contact information is below.
Co-founders of UNSUITABLE and instructors of “Publishing & Marketing Popular Fiction”
Spring 2015-2021 – Katharine Brophy Dubois, PhD, Lecturing Fellow in the departments of History & Religious Studies, Duke University, is a Duke alumna (Trinity ’89). She is also Katharine Ashe, an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical romantic fiction. Contact her at: katharine dot dubois at duke dot edu, or via her author website at https://katharineashe.com.
Spring 2015 – Laura Florand, Lecturer, Department of Romance Studies, Duke University, is a professor of French and French literature at Duke and an award-winning and international bestselling author of contemporary romantic fiction. Contact her at: laura dot florand at duke dot edu. Her author website is www.lauraflorand.com.
We are grateful for the support and input of many: Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences; MicroWorlds Lab; Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Margaret Brown, Eliza Dandridge, and Laurent Dubois of the Forum for Scholars & Publics; John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute; Kenan Institute for Ethics; the departments of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, History, and Religious Studies; the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Jules Odendahl-James, PhD, in the Department of Theater Studies and advisor to the “Me Too Monologues”, who came up with the “Unsuitable” idea; David L. Paletz Innovative Course Enhancements grant; Amy Unell of DEMAN and #Artstigators; Professors Nicole Barnes, Adriane Lentz-Smith, John Martin, Thomas Robisheaux, and Julie Andresen Tetel; Professor Eric Murphy Selinger of DePaul University; our wonderful guests and attendees; and everyone who has helped us in creating this course and this series.